Environment & Planning Department

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What the team is known for Impressive national footprint and frequent representation of leading corporates and government departments on the environment and planning aspects of major resources, infrastructure and retail developments. Offers especially well-developed expertise in obtaining licences to operate and the various approvals processes. Further noted for expertise regarding state government infrastructure sales, defence against environmental NGO litigation, compliance actions and its assistance in response to environmental damage investigations.

Strengths A client describes the team as "extremely hard-working and very proactive, commercially orientated and solutions-focused."

Work highlights Advised the Wyong Areas Coal Joint Venture in relation to the Wallarah 2 Coal Project, including the provision of legal and strategic advice in respect of gaining the state and federal environment and planning approvals required to operate the mine.

Notable practitioners

Antra Hood
is recognised for her work acting on planning approval mandates relating to substantial property developments. "She has a massive work ethic and meets seemingly impossible deadlines," comments a client, adding: "That reliability and dependability is incredibly valuable."

John Whitehouse
is a respected and seasoned practitioner with a wealth of experience and knowledge in relation to environmental law.

Luke Walker
is praised for his frank and straightforward approach, a client commenting: "He gives me his honest opinion in a way that gives me certainty." He often acts for government clients, as well as those from the private sector, on the planning and environment elements of major infrastructure projects.

Simon Ball
is "frank in his feedback, gives commercial and well-balanced advice and is sensible about risk," one client attests. He is noted for his work assisting on environment issues relating to mining and infrastructure projects.

Tim Hanmore
is a frequent adviser to mining clients, often acting on environmental and planning approval matters and compliance.